Women's #CAAHoops Weekly Report - Jan. 13
CAA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL WEEKLY REPORT: Jan. 13
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• CAA Action: Towson is on a four-game winning streak and has opened conference play with a 2-0 mark, while James Madison and Drexel are 1-0 in CAA action.
• Non-Conference Record: The CAA teams are 51-63 (.447) against non-conference opponents.
• RPI Ratings: In the most recent RPI ratings posted, the league was ranked 12th among the conferences. James Madison led the CAA with a RPI of 49.
• National Rankings - Team (1/12): James Madison ranks 9th in rebound margin pulling down 10.7 boards more a game versus their opponents. Drexel ranks 9th in turnovers per game (12.3), 14th in scoring defense, holding their opponents to 55.6 ppg and 19th in assist turnover ratio (1.24). William & Mary is 17th in steals per game with 11.4 per outing.
• Naismith Early Top 50 Watch List: James Madison’s Kirby Burkholder was named to the Top 50 Naismith Women’s Basketball Early Watch List.
• WBCA, Good Works Nominee: Delaware’s Kelsey Buchanan was the only CAA women’s basketball representative nominated for the WBCA Allstate Good Works honor.
• Welcome to the CAA: The CAA welcomes the College of Charleston Cougars to the league for this season. Elon will join for the 2014-15 competitive season.
• New Head Coaches: The league welcomes two new head coaches as Niki Reid Geckeler takes over the leadership of the Towson Tigers and Ed Swanson starts a new era at the helm of the William & Mary Tribe after 23 years at Sacred Heart.
• 2014 CAA Championship: The CAA Women’s Basketball Championship will return to the Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro, Md., in 2014 for the fourth straight season.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:
Kirby Burkholder • James Madison
Bridgewater, Va./Turner Ashby, Sr., Guard
Burkholder was awarded CAA Women’s Basketball Player of the Week honors for the fourth time this season as she led the Dukes to a 87-51 home victory over the defending champions Delaware to open conference play. The senior guard poured in a career-high 33 points on .556 percent shooting from the floor (10-18), including .583 percent shooting from three point range (7-12). Her seven made from beyond the arc tied a career mark. Burkholder also added five rebounds, four assists, two blocks and one steal in the win.
Tanisha McTiller • Towson
Chicago, Ill./Lincoln Park, Sr., Guard
McTiller was named CAA Women’s Basketball Player of the Week after guiding the Tigers to their first 2-0 start in conference play since the 2009-10 season with wins over Hofstra and Northeastern. The senior guard averaged a team-best 23.0 points and 8.0 rebounds per game. She highlighted the week with a season-best 27-point performance in the win over the Huskies. McTiller finished the week with nine steals and five assists in 78 minutes of action.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Brie Mobley • UNCW
Winter Haven, Fla./Winter Haven, Fr., Guard
Mobley earned CAA Women’s Basketball Rookie of the Week honors after scoring 22.0 points per game in the Seahawks first two games of league play against Northeastern and Hofstra. The freshman opened CAA play with a career-high 20 points on 10-20 (.500) shooting from the floor against Northeastern. She then established a new career mark with 24 points on 12-15 (.800) shooting from the field against Hofstra. Mobley added three thefts, six rebounds and an assist during 68 minutes of play for the Seahawks last week.
#ICYMI - A REVIEW OF THE LAST WEEK - HOT NOTES FROM CAA TEAMS:
• College of Charleston: The Cougars played their first CAA contest falling to Drexel in Philly. CofC then won their first CAA contest at home over William & Mary (101-65), scoring over 100 points for the first time since 1989.
• Delaware: UD improved to 2-0 in CAA play as Kelsey Buchanan posted her fourth double-double of 20 points, 12 rebounds in a road win over William & Mary, before falling to preseason favorite JMU in largest loss since 2008 (87-51), snapping 44-game CAA (regular season & tournament games) winning streak.
• Drexel: The Dragons defeated College of Charleston at home as Abby Redick captured her first career double-double, setting personal highs with 16 points and 11 rebounds.
• Hofstra: The Pride split on the week falling to Towson at home before defeating UNCW on the road. Anma Onyeuku, who averaged 11.0 ppg on the week, has scored in double figures in five straight games.
• James Madison: Kirby Burkholder sank a career-high 33 points to lead the Dukes to a 87-51 victory over Delaware in their CAA opener on Sunday.
• UNCW: Despite the Seahawks’ 0-2 mark on the week, freshman Brie Mobley averaged 22.0 points per game on 62.9 percent shooting (22-35) from the floor for UNCW.
• Northeastern: The Huskies snapped a three-game losing skid with a road win over UNCW. Junior A’lece Mark led all scorers after recording her fourth 20-point game with 23 points. Samantha DeFreese tallied a career-best 16 rebounds. The Huskies then fell at Towson by one-point, 66-65.
• Towson: The Tigers extended their win streak to four games as they earned wins over Hofstra and Northeastern last week. Tanisha McTiller poured in 23.0 ppg in the two outings to go along with nine steals and five assists. Dominique Johnson hit teh game-winning three-pointer against NU at the buzzer.
• William & Mary: The Tribe fell to Delaware and College of Charleston on the week. Kaitlyn Mathieu and Latrice Hunter each averaged 10.0 points per game to lead the Tribe on the week, while Mathieu led the team on the boards with 8.0 rpg.